5 Ways to Use Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is a form of therapy that relies on the sense of smell. Practitioners use essential oils to heal the mind, body, and soul. These oils have variety of uses, from boosting mood to relaxing mind and body.
Here’s some effective ways to use essential oils to their maximum benefits:
1. Use an air diffuser to dilute essential oils and diffuse the scent into the air. We recommend to use vapour diffusers over heat diffusers because vapour diffusers keep the oils together, where as heat has the potential to break the oils apart, and reduce the aromatherapeutic properties of the oil.
Alternatively, you can use slow release essential oil diffusers. These are great as decor, as well as a natural way to release essential oils into a room. Check out Brew+Bloom’s Bloominescents.
2. Massaging a few drops onto a specific part of the body (forehead, neck, wrists, hands, etc.). Massaging essential oils meant to relieve headaches such as peppermint on the forehead, for example, will be the most effective.
3. Infusing essential oils with epsom salt or baking soda, and using this to add to a nice, hot bath. The salts contain minerals that are absorbed through the skin to help ease muscle soreness and relieve tension. The baking soda helps prevent the bath from being too irritating to the skin.
By adding essential oils to bath salts, this helps boost the healing power, and can help with relaxation, better sleep, clearing the mind, rejuvenation and even relief for stuffy noses.
4. Using a spray infused with essential oil and spraying into the air or your pillow. Lavender oil infused products such as Brew+Bloom’s Rose Water + Lavender Facial Mist are best to spray on your face (for added skin benefits) or on your pillow to help you fall asleep at night.
5. Facial steaming: Add a few drops of essential oil to a pot of boiling water, and then position your face above the pot with a towel over your head. This is great for relieving nasal congestion, and it’s also great for your skin!
If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you should avoid topically applying essential oils on your skin. Otherwise, diffuse the oil with a carrier oil such as organic coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.
Want to know more tips on using essential oils? Read “Top 3 Best Essential Oils for Relieving Stress” here.